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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Sommelier Certificate

This certificate program focuses on learning the techniques involved in becoming a Sommelier. A Sommelier works in the dining aspects of the beverage industry including pairing food with wine, beer, spirits and other beverages along with managing the beverage component of a dining establishment. This certificate covers beverage and food pairing, wine service techniques and beverage management, cost and pricing structures, developing beverage lists, and includes a professional tasting component to cover wine, beer, spirits and other beverages. Graduates are prepared for food and beverage related careers in the dining and hospitality industry.

Students will be expected to spend significant amounts of time outside the classroom working on projects, field trips and assignments.


Students must complete the pre-admission requirements prior to admission into the Certificate.
Applicants must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age prior to the first day of class.
  2. Have a high proficiency with written and oral English language.
  3. Fill out and submit the certificate program application, including a written essay of personal motivation and goals.
  4. Sign and submit the written statement regarding personal and professional conduct and responsibility with regard to the use of alcohol.
  5. Upon approval of application, an in-person or telephone interview will be conducted between the program advisor and the prospective student. Permission of the advisor is required for admission.
  6. Completed or currently enrolled in GWS 303, Major Wine Regions of the World.


Because this is a self-supported program, no tuition waiver programs apply. Tuition for GWS classes may be higher than regular CWU tuition.